What is a vegetarian?

veggie heartAccording to the Vegetarian Society, a vegetarian is:

“Someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with, or without, the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or by-products of slaughter.” 

Put simply, a vegetarian is someone who chooses not to eat or use anything that has to be killed in order for it to be used, either as food, clothes or for any other purpose.

Lisa Simpson veggieWhy be a vegetarian?

Ethical – people are aware of how animals are farmed and killed for meat and they don’t want to be a part of that. Farm animals aren’t allowed to roam free as they would in the wild and are kept indoors for all of their lives. Their food is full of growth hormones to make them grow faster – chickens grow three times faster now than they did 50 years ago. Animals aren’t allowed to care for their young and babies of the wrong sex are put down at birth. Animal production (including fish) is cramped and stressful; their lives are barely worth living before they are murdered for their meat.

cow fartsEnvironmentally-friendly – basically, animal pooh and farts are responsible for almost 20% of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Methane and nitrous oxide are produced by cow and sheep waste – a single cow can produce 500 litres of methane a day! Carbon dioxide is emitted when forests are cleared for grazing or for growing grain to feed animals.  Fossil fuels are used to transport animals and to power the production of their feed.

Estimates of the water required to produce a kilo of beef vary, from 13,000 litres up to 100,000 litres. The water required to produce a kilo of wheat is somewhere between 1,000-2,000 litres.

30% of the earth’s land mass is used to rear farm animals and this is responsible for 70% of the removal of the Amazon rainforest.

fish farms19% of major commercial marine fish stocks monitored by the FAO (a UN organisation) are overexploited, 8% are depleted and 1% ranked as recovering from depletion. 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises are killed every year as ‘by-catch’ of the fishing industries.

Healthy – as long as you eat a well balanced, nutritious diet, a vegetarian one can be extremely beneficial. Vegetarians are more likely than meat-eaters to eat their recommended five fruit and veg a day. As a result of this, vegetarians are less likely to suffer from all sorts of heart conditions, diabetes and bowel disorders.

Meat takes much longer to digest than a plant-based meal – it can sit in the gut for up to 48 hours under normal circumstances, whereas a meat-free diet will move much faster through the gut. Vegetarians and vegans rarely have digestive issues. Love us not eat us

Can you have vegetarian pets?

Yes you can! There are plenty of vegetarian dog foods available, usually through websites like Veggiepets.com. You can also buy vegetarian cat food from there; these are fortified with taurine, an essential nutrient for cats. We’ve had cats and dogs for years and our vet has told us on a number of occasions that ours are so much healthier than meat-eating pets.

For full information on vegetarian diets, visit The Vegetarian Society.



More new lines

Easter eggsYes, more new stuff in the shop!  Can we fit more in?  Yes, we can! Lines added this week include:

VBites Fishless Fishcakes – 150g for £2.43

Pepperoni and waterBottled water – 500ml Harrogate Spring Water for 50p

750ml Brecon Carreg Mineral Water for 52p

Veganic Grated Cheese – 200g for £2.39Vegan Pizza Cheese

Suma Unsalted Crunchy and Smooth Peanut Butter – 340g for £2.89 each

FlapjacksFlapjacks! Various flavours – 80g for either 60p or 65p for a topped flapjack.

Oatly– 1l for 1.75

Provamel choco and OatlyChocolate Provamel lunch box size – 3x 250ml for £1.69 (banana and vanilla flavours also available)

Easter Eggs – Divine Shaun the Sheep is £5.00 and Moo Free (vegan) is £3.99.

We get new lines in based on customer requests and orders – if there’s a special ingredient in your favourite recipe, call us on 01933 741798 or email wholefoods@hornett.org.uk to see if we already have it in stock or we can order it.

National Pie Week!

Yes, it is apparently National Pie Week across the UK.  Who decides these things?  I have no idea but Hornett Wholefoods is happy to join in!  We have 10% off VBites pasties all week, until Saturday March 7th.  We have three flavours:

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  • Ham Style and Cheezly
  • Beef Style
  • Chicken Style and Mushroom

Each flavour is wrapped in a lovely tasting puff pastry and is jolly nice served with mashed potato and vegetables. They come in a pair and cost £3.29; with 10% off, this means part of a dinner for two will cost just £2.96 – what more do you need to celebrate National Pie Week?!

cooked pasty

Mother’s Day at Hornett Wholefoods

MOthers day graphicIt’s almost the time of year again when we celebrate the most important person in all our lives – our mums! On Sunday 15th March, it’s time to let her know how much we appreciate her efforts and give her a special treat. We have a few offers for you in the lead up to the big day:

Four-corners-banoffeeBooja Booja Chocolates

It’s hard to imagine where to start with how good they are: tasty, luxurious, dairy- and gluten-free, organic and good looking and now they have 10% off – just in time for Mother’s day! The Fine de Champagne Truffles are usually £12.95 for a 138g box (12 chocolates), which makes them £11.66 a box for a couple of weeks. We also have 3 flavours from the Four Corners collection: Hazelnut, Stem Ginger and Banoffee Toffee; these are £6.99 for a 104g box (9 truffles), or £6.29 during the fortnight till Mother’s Day.

Montezuma’s Giant Buttonsmontezuma-dark-button-bag

 We have three flavours of buttons for you to treat Mum to – Milk, Dark (vegan) and White, all £2.79 for a 180g bag. We are taking 10% off, which will make each bag come to £2.51.   The buttons really are giant – each one is about the size of a 10p coin! They are very more-ish but you’ll have to make sure Mum gets the lion’s share of the bag!

bb ice creamBooja Booja Ice Cream

Another vegan choice – lovely, luxurious vegan ice cream alternative with just four ingredients. This is made with water, agave syrup, cashew nuts and the relevant flavour extract. We have Hunky-Punky Chocolate, Vanilla M’Gorilla and Feisty Rollercoaster Ginger, all at £5.99, or £5.39 with 10% off for Mother’s Day. Mum gets first dibs on the tub please!



Offers in store this weekend!

Coconut milkHello all,  I can’t believe it’s almost the end of February already!  March means spring though and already we have spring bulbs starting to come through; chez Hornett, we have snowdrops in the garden and the magnolia has buds.  The end of February means that the coconut oil offer is finishing on Saturday 28th.  A 650g jar is currently £9.55 and will be going back to its normal price of £11.95; a smaller 320g jar is currently £5.49 and its normal price is £6.85.  Come and get a bargain while you can!

We have Tyrell’s Veg Crisps on offer till 5th Tyrells veg crispsMarch – there’s 10% off each 40g bag, which is a lunch time size.  These veg crisps are sliced beetroot, parsnip and carrot crisps with a pinch of sea salt and are something different from the norm.  They are hand cooked and really tasty.

We also still have Fab Feb running for another couple of days – Engevita B12 and Rice Cakes are Saturday’s offer – see the blogs for full details.

See you soon – we’re open Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.30pm!

Fab Feb for 48 – 27th February

Engevita Nutritional Yeast

Engevita trioThis is something we stocked after a couple of customer requests (a lot of our stock additions happen this way – it’s always worth asking if you can’t see what you want!) and I’d heard of it but never tried it. We now sell a 125g tub with B12 for £2.99; with 10% off for 27th and 28th February, it comes to £2.69 and it’s become a store cupboard staple in our house. I use it in stews, Bolognese sauce and I’ve even sprinkled it on an omelette for a low fat cheese taste – yum!

EngevitaI stocked the B12 version as this is a vitamin that can easily be missed in a plant-based diet as there are no sources of it in plants. B12 is important for healthy blood growth and keeps the eyes, brain and nervous system functioning normally. Signs that you’re missing out include lethargy and poor circulation. Those that are on a purely plant-based diet need to eat fortified foods, such as Engevita, breakfast cereals, soya milks and vegetable margarine.

What is “Nutritional Yeast”?

Not exactly a great description is it? Doesn’t sound ever so inspiring? The description on the tub makes sound exciting then a bit of a let-down – “The vegan food with a cheesey, nutty taste (yum!) made from primary inactive yeast without additives or preservatives (oh…)” Well, nutritional yeast is made from a single-celled organism, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, which is grown on molasses and then harvested, washed, and dried with heat to kill or “deactivate” it. And that’s it. Having trawled the internet and read a few reviews on various sites, there seem to be many uses for it – from simply eating it out of the tub to sprinkling it in casseroles to making cheese from it!nutritional-yeast1

However you choose to use it, come and see us at Hornett Wholefoods and share recipes (we’ll happily share them on our many blogs if you want us to) and enjoy 10% off for a couple of days – you’ll be hooked!

Fab Feb for 48 – 26th February

Geo Organics Curry Pastes

Curry paste trio dynamicI love a properly made, well flavoured curry and I love making curries. I may not stick to a necessarily authentic recipe but I love chopping vegetables, adding chopped tomatoes and/or coconut milk and a good tablespoon of good curry paste, with a good lot of added seasonings. And this is what these are – good curry pastes. We have three flavours:

  • Tikka Masala
  • Korma
  • Balti

All at £2.19 for a 180g jar. With the 10% off for 26th and 27th February, they’ll be £1.97 each. All three are vegan and organic.

From their website:

Curry paste trio“We are serious about organic food, serious about the welfare of our ingredients’ suppliers and serious about the quality, flavour and integrity of every single one of our products.

We think it’s a seriously heavyweight organic range. Which, when you consider we have about 60 products ranging from chocolate to chutneys and pickles to pastes, is pretty good going for a small family business.

We are based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire and have been established since 1999. Despite our ever growing family of organic products, we ensure that each and every one is carefully handpicked from our accredited suppliers across the world.

Now that so many share the vision of organic food, we are delighted to be able to offer this comprehensive range, knowing it satisfies the taste buds as well as the conscience.”